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Johnson, Burton and Theobald

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May 1913.

Johnson, Burton and Theobald of Castle Street, Norwich

Consul were motorcycles produced by them from 1922 to 1924

1922 The company started out trying to meet local demand by assembling conventional machines from bought-in parts. Their first lightweights had 247 / 269cc Villiers two-stroke engines and a choice of 24-inch or 26-inch wheels and either single speed or two-speed through a Sturmey-Archer gearbox.

1923 The policy continued but the wheels were standardized to 26 inches and the engine-size changed to 247cc when Villiers dropped the 269cc.

1924 The single-speed was dropped and three-speed Sturmey-Archer became standard. That remained until the end.


Consulette was a motorcycle produced in 1922.

The machine was built in Norwich by Johnson, Burton and Theobald and was in production for only one season. It was an ultra-lightweight version of their single-speed Villiers model and cost £40. It had 26-inch diameter wheels and only weighed 125lb/66kg.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9